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Your Car Can Start A Wildfire

CALIFORNIA We often don’t realize that our vehicle exhaust system can start a wildfire, destroying homes and natural resources. Keep this in mind while enjoying the outdoors.

Fire conditions in foothill and mountain areas are extreme. Drought, warm temperatures and high winds have turned grassy fields into a tinder box. Please remember to use extreme caution when enjoying the outdoors.

You can help prevent these destructive fires by following some simple guidelines:

  • Follow all public-use restrictions and access closures – It is important to check with local agencies about any closures before venturing off road.
  • Keep vehicles off dry grass – Exhaust systems can heat up to 1,000 degrees and ignite adjacent grasses and shrubs.
  • Check your spark arrester – Before heading outdoors clean your OHV spark arrester. This will reduce the chance of a spark starting a wildfire.
  • Be prepared – Carry a shovel and a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and OHV.

We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires during this season. Remember: One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire.

The National Prevention and Education Team can be reached at (559) 360-9663, or email dtune@fs.fed.us from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday.

For more information visit: www.preventwildfireca.org

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